What does a Hospitalist Physician Assistant do?
In October, I was fortunate enough to get a week off of work to attend the California Academy of Physician Assistants annual conference in Palm Springs, California. It was a blast, and I ran into my friend and former PA school classmate, Jevon, who is now a physician assistant who practices Inpatient (Hospitalist) Medicine. And yes, I suckered him into a video interview without any preparation, just for you!
On the last day of the conference, Jevon and I had a chance to sit down and talk about what he does. Never heard of a hospitalist? Well, the short description is that a hospitalist is a physician or physician assistant who assesses and treats patients in the hospital (only). Years ago, if you were admitted to the hospital, your primary care physician would likely come round on you in the hospital, in addition to any specialists who were needed. That model has for the most part gone by the wayside. Today, if you are admitted to a hospital, you are cared for by a specialist in hospital medicine. It’s a cool, well-paying specialty, and Jevon does a great job of explaining it. I hope you find it helpful -Paul